5 Questions with Pascal Ontijd (SnappCar)

Monday, 17 October 2016 00:00

Every month we ask an entrepreneur, CEO or investor that visits Holland Startup 5 questions, and share their answers with our community. This month we asked Pascal Ontijd, co-founder of SnappCar, to share his vision, insights and experience with us.


  • What do you believe that few people agree with you on?


There are a number of issues in the world that require a much higher sense of urgency in pushing for improvement. I’m mainly focused on climate change, social isolation and inequality at home and around the world. People around me do acknowledge and observe these issues but many people do not agree with me on how quickly we should move to solve these problems. It’s time to kick into high gear to address these fundamental issues.


  • What’s something you’d tell your younger self?


I should have started my first company earlier than I did. Just start and you’ll learn and improve much quicker. I probably should not even have finished my university degree. From high school onward I felt like my way of thinking did not fit the system. I probably could have spent my time much better by just doing and learning that way. Don’t get me wrong, I had an amazing time as a student. But I did not take away any skills that I really needed and could not have learned by just going out and doing what I wanted to do. If I would have started my first company earlier I would have found and developed my own style of working much quicker, instead of trying to follow someone else's process.


  • What’s the most useful piece of advice you’ve ever received?


Follow your gut feeling. This may sound easy but it really isn’t. It is a constant point of attention for me. I have encountered the struggle with my gut feeling tens maybe even hundreds of times. What would have happened if 5 years ago I had not followed my dreams and started SnappCar? This struggle continuously surfaces in the small choices of daily startup life.